Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process which enables you to receive recognition and gain academic credits for learning acquired in the past through formal study and through work and other life experiences. It values learning, regardless of the context in which it is acquired.

APL can be:

  • Certificated (APCL) - To give credit for learning which has been formally assessed, and for which a certificate has been awarded
  • Experiential (APEL) - To give credit for knowledge and skills which have been developed through many types of experience, usually work and voluntary activities.

Benefits of APL

APL reduces the time and cost of achieving a qualification and enhances the relevance of your programme of study as you don't have to revisit learning you have already acquired. It values your own commitment to your own development.

How it works

  • You will need to attend a Personal Planning Session as a first step where a Learning Advisor will determine whether you may be able to make a successful APL claim.
  • APCL: If it is concluded that you are eligible to make a claim for your prior certificated learning then you will be asked to produce evidence of the qualification and to map the learning against the learning outcomes of your target qualifications. We have already carried out a 'matching exercise' to give standard credit exemptions for anyone with certain qualifications; these include those from the Institute of Leadership and Management, and the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership at level 7.
  • APEL: We value and recognise the learning that occurs within the workplace and so if we conclude you may be able to make a claim for Experiential Learning then you will be asked to enrol onto a module Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (RAPL. During this module we will support you to identify your work-based learning, to evidence that learning and then match this against our course.

Claims for accreditation of certificated learning (APCL) will be assessed by an advisor during the initial Personal Planning Session for your chosen award.

To make a claim for accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) you will start your course by initially enrolling on the module Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (RAPL) where your claim for APL credits will be assessed.

Save money by making an APL Claim

By making an APL claim the cost of your award can be reduced. For examples of how much you could save take a look at the Course Fees.